Nido Cafe: Tapas, Chocolate and Coffee Come to Forsyth
The word nido means nest in Spanish. Vickery Village is now home to a new nest – Nido, a coffee, tapas and chocolate restaurant.
The menu is simple with enough variety to please most discerning tastes. The coffee, which is the main reason I stopped by for an afternoon meeting, was perfect. As defined on Nido’s menu, coffee is the liquid life enhancer. I found it simply tasty and delightfully rich.
The quaint restaurant offers tapas, small plates meant to be shared (if you want to) with a what could be considered as a petite amount of food. Just enough to entice one’s palate and even tempt one to order more of the same. Yet since there are so many choices, it is the perfect amount of food to taste and enjoy, while thinking of the next treat to order off the Nido menu.
Tapas range in price from $8 to $16, and include Serrano Wrapped Figs, Nido Salad, Batatas Bravas, Steak Empanadas, and Lobster Tail over Asparagus. I tried the Steak Empanadas during my first visit and was very happy with the taste and amount served. The combination of ingredients was tastefully mixed and my taste buds were joyfully rewarded.
Nido has what I consider an extensive Chocolate menu. As defined on their menu, chocolate is a powerful elixir known to improve the mind, body and spirit. As a began eating the Hot Chocolate Molten Cake I was reminded of one of my favorite books – Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. The book is divided into 12 sections named after the months of the year’ the chapters outline the preparation of the dish and ties it to an event in the protagonist’s life. In each chapter, every recipe prepared evoked the emotions felt by the cook while she cooked. My emotions were simple – pure pleasure at the taste of the hot lava chocolate that laid below the dark fudge cake with a crispy top.
Breakfast is also available at Nido. From unique combinations of fruits and other breakfast staples to traditional items such as French Toast and donuts, the offerings are varied.
And of course, no trip to Nido could be complete without sipping a cup of the luscious and thick hot chocolate. It is truly a Spanish delicacy not for anyone who is in a rush. It must be enjoyed with time and a bit of flair, as if enjoying one of life’s finest treats – that of time to quietly and peacefully embrace the moment that has been granted to you to breath, sit and allow your taste buds to refresh while enjoying a most refined beverage.
In this most hurried life we seem to be living, make time and “nest” for a bit at Nido Café.
5755 Clarion Street, Cumming, GA 30040
“The most elementary of good manners . . . at a social gathering one does not bring up the subject of personalities, sad topics or unfortunate facts, religion, or politics.” ― Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate
JULIE BRENNAN, PUBLISHER OF MY FORSYTH MAGAZINE – FORSYTH FOODIE EDITOR
Julie Brennan has been publishing My Forsyth magazine since 2010. She has served on the United Way Board of Directors and Community Investment Committee, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mentor Me North Georgia and No Longer Bound. Julie volunteers as part of the Kick It Up and REACH programs for MentorMe North Georgia, South Forsyth High School Culinary School Program, and the Forsyth County Schools College and Career Development Program. She is a graduate of Leadership Forsyth, the recipient of the Forsyth County Court Appointed Special Advocate Light of Hope award and the Cumming Forsyth Chamber of Commerce Steve Bloom Award. Julie holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and past-president of the Rotary Club of Woodstock. Julie was born and raised in the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.